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This blog is now officially on winter hiatus. We will return after the ALA Midwinter Conference in 2020 with more inspiration, insights and information on children’s-YA writing, illustration, literature and publishing.
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Interview: Cynthia Leitich Smith of the new HarperCollins Imprint, Heartdrum at From the Mixed-Up Files of Middle Grade Authors. Peek: “We’re talking about a steadily building groundswell of support, over many years, that has been the most successful when Native voices have taken the lead and true friends have listened respectfully and responded proactively in cooperation.”
The poem “Stories for Dinner” by Cynthia Leitich Smith, which appears in Thanku: Poems of Gratitude, edited by Miranda Paul, illustrated by Marlena Myles (Millbrook, 2019), and the short story “Girl’s Best Friend” by Cynthia Leitich Smith, which appears in The Hero Next Door, edited by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich (Random House, 2019), were both named among American Indians in Children’s Literature’s Best Books of 2019.